Deal should be struck to bring racing back to city's stadium

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First published in News

THERE was much excitement when it seemed greyhound racing was returning to Oxford.

Plans to bulldoze Oxford Stadium and replace it with housing were shelved and the place was put up for lease with a specific clause for leisure activities, which was met with encouragement.

But it is clear it was too early to get carried away and now the future of the stadium again hangs in the balance.

If the lease is as undesirable as Nick Budimir believes, then the city could again be left with an empty leisure venue.

Of course we do not know the finer details, nor what discussions are taking place behind closed doors.

But a stadium full of punters can only be good for the city compared to one left to rust and it seems strange Galliard would not want money coming in from the lease.

The company has every right to make sure it gets the best deal it can for the stadium – it is simple market forces – but the wider interest has to be considered too.

Hopefully the two parties can thrash out a deal and come to an arrangement that brings racing back to Oxford.

Otherwise we could be left with another two years of a disused stadium and an uncertain future.

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9:54am Sat 31 May 14

museli says...

Hopefully dog racing will never return to Oxford - a nasty entertainment only suitable for those without the empathy or intelligence to look behind the scenes to see the animal abuse there!
Hopefully dog racing will never return to Oxford - a nasty entertainment only suitable for those without the empathy or intelligence to look behind the scenes to see the animal abuse there! museli
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12:00pm Sat 31 May 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

And you know this because...
And you know this because... HomerSimpsonDoh
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12:16pm Sat 31 May 14

museli says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
And you know this because...
Well because I've bothered to read about it - one of the saddest things is the 13,000 odd 'surplus' greyhounds produced every year my this multi-billion pound betting industry a large proportion of which just seem to 'disappear'.

The 2007 parliamentary group report is a good place to start and I'm sure you'll have read about the mass greyhound grave discovered in Ireland a couple of years ago.

http://www.apgaw.org
/greyhounds

http://www.thescore.
ie/mass-grave-for-ra
cing-greyhounds-disc
overed-in-limerick-4
13486-Apr2012/
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: And you know this because...[/p][/quote]Well because I've bothered to read about it - one of the saddest things is the 13,000 odd 'surplus' greyhounds produced every year my this multi-billion pound betting industry a large proportion of which just seem to 'disappear'. The 2007 parliamentary group report is a good place to start and I'm sure you'll have read about the mass greyhound grave discovered in Ireland a couple of years ago. http://www.apgaw.org /greyhounds http://www.thescore. ie/mass-grave-for-ra cing-greyhounds-disc overed-in-limerick-4 13486-Apr2012/ museli
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10:42am Mon 2 Jun 14

bishbosh says...

The local authority do not see housing development as essential for the site. Jobs and thriving business with long term futures is just as important. Galliard realise any appeal would be futile at this moment in time so they adopt plan "b" which is to show the site is not viable as leisure only. The offer of a two year lease at 250,000 per indicates just that and have no wish to sell and are prepared to wait another few years to build their houses. Galliard are land banking and the only way to get the site is buy it at a price Galliard cannot refuse. No individual or partnership is going to pay that price. Nor are the council going to compulsory purchase the site. Walthamstow Stadium went because those that were interested to continue as a thriving business(which it was despite false claims by the developer) would not or could not pay the price. Ownership is everything
and everything has its price.
The local authority do not see housing development as essential for the site. Jobs and thriving business with long term futures is just as important. Galliard realise any appeal would be futile at this moment in time so they adopt plan "b" which is to show the site is not viable as leisure only. The offer of a two year lease at 250,000 per indicates just that and have no wish to sell and are prepared to wait another few years to build their houses. Galliard are land banking and the only way to get the site is buy it at a price Galliard cannot refuse. No individual or partnership is going to pay that price. Nor are the council going to compulsory purchase the site. Walthamstow Stadium went because those that were interested to continue as a thriving business(which it was despite false claims by the developer) would not or could not pay the price. Ownership is everything and everything has its price. bishbosh
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